VM’s Signature Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report Shows Continued Growth of Top 50

By Staff
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:35 AM NEW YORK—Even as the general retail market was buffeted by disruption in 2018, the U.S. optical retail sector held its own, even managing to show growth of 2 percent to 3 percent for the calendar year. But while the sales story remained fairly constant, there was a reshaping of the business composition of many leading optical retailers, as the run of acquisitions and consolidation that began at the beginning of the decade continued apace.

Stacking Up the Top 50 Optical Retailers

By Marge Axelrad and Mark Tosh
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:30 AM NEW YORK—New attitudes among consumers toward purchasing in general and the rise of digital exploration and purchasing may have upended the general retail marketplace last year with many store closures and reorgs. But as the U.S. economy held its own, the optical industry’s total sales rose just slightly and remained stable.

VM’s Ranking Underscores Expansion Among the 10 Leading Players

By Marge Axelrad and Mark Tosh
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:29 AM NEW YORK—New attitudes among consumers toward purchasing in general and the rise of digital exploration and purchasing may have upended the general retail marketplace last year with many store closures and reorgs. But as the U.S. economy held its own, the optical industry’s total sales rose just slightly and remained stable.

VM’s Top 50 Sales Concentration Grows

By Marge Axelrad and Mark Tosh
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:28 AM NEW YORK—There was a higher concentration of sales among the 2019 VM Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers, which assesses estimates of 12 months of calendar sales for the year ending Dec. 2018. The Top 10 optical retailers collectively comprise 87.5 percent of the Top 50 U.S. optical retail sales. That equated to a collective-estimated $12.6 billion out of the market’s total optical retail sales of $35.7 billion, as reported by VisionWatch/The Vision Council.

Mass Merchants and Wholesale Clubs Feel General Retail Pressures

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:25 AM NEW YORK—Most notable among the mass merchants involved in optical, there was significant sales growth at Target Optical, which opened only two new stores but saw sales rise by more than 15 percent for the 2018 calendar year. Costco also had a solid growth year, with 12 new stores and a sales increase.

Deadline Extended to be Considered for the 2019 VM Top 50 Optical Retailers Report

By Staff
Friday, April 5, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The deadline to be considered for the 2019 VM Top 50 Optical Retailers Report has been extended to Monday, April 8 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Vision Monday is once again surveying optical retailers and large regional ECP groups across the U.S. to be considered for inclusion in the 2019 Annual Top U.S. Optical Retailers Report. Results from the survey will be published in the May 2019 digital and print issue of Vision Monday and posted on Vision Monday.com.

There's Still Time to be Considered for the 2019 VM Top 50 Optical Retailers Report

By Staff
Friday, March 29, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday is once again surveying optical retailers and large regional ECP groups across the U.S. to be considered for inclusion in the 2019 Annual Top U.S. Optical Retailers Report. Results from the survey will be published in the May 2019 digital and print issue of Vision Monday and posted on Vision Monday.com. The survey and final report is based on revenues for the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 2018. The survey asks for your total revenues, including sales from both company-owned and franchised stores (if applicable), managed vision care revenues, online sales, and any share of affiliated doctors’ fees or laser-surgery fees that companies receive.

VM’s Top 50 Optical Retailers: Consolidation Reorders the Ranking

By Staff
Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:15 AM NEW YORK—A reshaping of the U.S. optical industry continued among the industry's largest retail and ECP group players last year. The 2018 VM Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailer's Report exclusively assesses 2017 calendar year sales, revealing new positioning among the Top 10 players within 2018's Top 50 ranking. Editor’s Note: due to some adjustments in the number of store locations and sales revenues for certain companies for 2017, this story has been updated as of May 15.

A Fresh Picture Takes Shape

By Staff
Monday, May 14, 2018 12:30 AM NEW YORK—A reshaping of the U.S. optical industry continued among the industry's largest retail and ECP group players last year. The 2018 VM Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailer's Report exclusively assesses 2017 calendar year sales, revealing new positioning among the Top 10 players within 2018's Top 50 ranking. Editor’s Note: due to some adjustments in the number of store locations and sales revenues for certain companies for 2017, this story has been updated as of May 15.

Consolidation Effects Seen Among VM's Top 50 U.S. Leading Retail Players

By Staff
Monday, May 14, 2018 12:29 AM NEW YORK—A reshaping of the U.S. optical industry continued among the industry’s largest retail and ECP group players last year.

VM's Top 50 Retailers' Collective Sales Rise 5 Percent

By Staff
Monday, May 14, 2018 12:28 AM NEW YORK—The 2018 group of VM Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers’ collective sales totaled an estimated $13.4 billion in 2017, or 38.6 percent of the total U.S. market’s sales, according to VM’s estimates. That’s just about 5 percent above the $12.8 billion they were estimated to be in 2017, although the composition of the regional groups, franchises and chains in the total differed slightly.

Key Optical Players Ranked by U.S. Sales in 2017

By Staff
Monday, May 14, 2018 12:27 AM

VM’s Top 50 Optical Retailers: A Fresh Picture Takes Shape as Consolidation Re-Orders the Ranking

By Staff
Monday, May 14, 2018 12:27 AM NEW YORK—It was a busy year in 2017 across the optical retailing business in the U.S. Many companies enjoyed modest organic growth as the U.S. economy continued to grow, the stock markets pushed upward and consumers and patients remained confident in their outlook for the future.